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I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my husband Bill, 3 sons, 2 dogs,, 2 horses-now 1, bottle calves and Chicks. I love to Quilt. I enjoy Horses,Gardening, Flowers, Archery, Camping, Fishing, Bottle Calves and all things with animals. I started sewing when I was 8 for 4-H, and have sewed off and on since. I discovered how fun quilting was over 7 years ago. I still sew on a Kenmore that was a graduation gift in 1981. I have a New Kenmore 385.19, and a Viking 400, a Singer Treadle, a Featherweight. and a Viking Ruby. In February 2010 I purchased an APQS Longarm , and Love everyone of them. I taught my 1st paper-piecing class, it was such a blast!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Kool Deadwood Nights"

In Deadwood, South Dakota this last weekend they held their annual "Kool Deadwood Nights".
We went up Saturday afternoon with some friends and we took our 1965 Ford Mustang Convertable. Their were lots of cars from the oldies on display all over town, as well as different people singing in concerts. They had main street blocked off and it was full of chairs with people sitting watching and listening to the concert. As we pulled into Deadwood, of coarse the parking was pretty sparse! We ended up parking up towards Lead at the MDU parking lot and walking down into Deadwood.(About 5 miles) We did inform the guys that we would be "Trolleying" back as then it would all be up hill! They had some BEAUTIFUL Old Vehichles. But due to my "more into looking" then snapping pictures I didn't come away with many pictures. A few but not many.
These first five pictures are of our Mustang. It is a 1965 Convertible that Bill and his Dad (who passed away 2 years ago) had refinished many years ago. Since this one, Bill and I and our boys refinished my Black 1970 Ford Mustang that has a 351 engine, but since have sold to my brother a couple of years ago due to lack of room to keep them all.

This next Weekend is the "Mustang Rally" in Sturgis, South Dakota I am hoping we will get to get up there for at least one day, I amm really partial to "MUSTANGS". Though I know we will be working cows and giving shipping shots and ect, but may be able to sneak in for a bit on Sat.
Our 1965 Mustang

1951 Ford F2.................................1970 Dodge

1957 Diamond T

Engine in the Diamond T

Police Car

1974 Ford Mustang..................1969 Ford Mustang

Alpine flower and Chantilly Lace Designs

I got a chance to use 2 of my new designs I got, they were both such fun to do!
Here is my 26th Project Warmth Quilt
Chantilly Lace Design
I did the Chantilly Lace Quilt Design
Close up of Front: Chantilly Lace Design

Here is the 27th Project Warmth Quilt I have quilted.

Front done with the Alpine Flower Design................Back

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wisconsin Barn Blocks 31,32,33 and a Batik Block

We have been busy helping Preg. check cows this week but have managed to slip in a couple of Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns. I am still working on today's that came out this morning, and also some Batik Blocks that I am doing for an Online Batik Blog Swap.

Wisc. Barn Block # 31 Flying Star:Green County

Wisc. Barn Block # 32 Lady of the Lake: Racine County
Wisc. Barn Block # 33 Constellation Star:Green County

These are two of the 12 Batik Blocks I am doing for the Online Batik Blog Spot that I signed up for. They will all be like these two blocks in color and pattern.I really enjoyed doing the Winter Block Swap so will be neat seeing the blocks when they are returned. I have all 12 of them done except for blocking and trimming, they aren't due until October but like to be on time.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I won Dakota Cabins award! Whew hew...

I was one of the winners of Dakota Cabin from Hettinger, ND awards.
I won the Poinsetta Pillow Kit that also included the book "Northern Batanical" with pattern in it and it arrived yesterday in the mail.

I have a few things to finish up and then will get it started, it is pictured on the right hand corner of the book. Very pretty.

I joined a Winter Block Swap on line and have my blocks ready to send. There are some really pretty blocks being done for this swap and am excited to see the ones I will get in return.
.......................................the close up view

The 12- 12 1/2 Unfinished Winter Blocks
I really like the snowflake fabric that I used on these, mainly the white on white. It has been discontinued so am unable to get anymore of it. It sure is a pretty fabric though.
I am continuing working on my Farmers Wife Sampler Blocks. I need to get another battery for my camera so when do that I will get them posted. I also have Jen's barn blocks to get posted and pictures of so will get them up as soon as I get to town and get a battery.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Project Warmth # 25 Quilted with Leaves and My Ramblin'

I finished quilting up this Project Warmth Quilt this afternoon.
I did an allover leaf design on it and really like how it turned out. It's hard to believe I have already quilted 25 of their quilts.

Front..............................Close up of Leaf Design one taken with flash one without

Here it is already the 16th of August and the boys will be going back to school in two weeks.
I don't think I am ready for that!
They will be in Junior High this year! I know, they must grow up and move on, but it seems that the next few years will just fly right by and then they will be graduated and then going on with their own lives. hmmmm................ I guess you just take it year by year, day by day, but STILL......... a part of me wants them to remain as they are. Impossible I know.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

All Over Feathers..Project Warmth # 24 Quilt Finished

Yesterday I finished Quilting up this Project Warmth Quilt. It is my 24th one that I have quilted for them. They are quite fun to do and get to practice on many different patterns. The fabric for Project Warmth Quilts are all usually from donations of fabric. Then our Guild makes the scraps and donations into something Beautiful. Quite often on backs they have to piece them to have enough fabric to do so like with this one. When completed they are given to many needs, everything from Fire Victims to the Pediatrics ward at the hospital.

24th Project Warmth Front..........................Back

Close up up of quilting design on front

Another view of back................Close up of back and all over feather design

Project Warmth Quilts #23

Here is # 23 Of the Project Warmth Quilts that I have quilted. I did an all over Feathered Flower
Front.............................................Back of Quilt

Close up view of All over Feathered Flower Design I quilted

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wow! "Twenty Years!! and a few Farmers Wife Sampler Quilt Blocks 3&4

Bill and Itsy, My hubby of 20 years.


20 Years!

Yes, Our 20th Wedding Anniversary is today!

What an amazing time it has been too, and where or where did the time go.........................

There have been some wonderful times, happy times, unknowing times, sad times, eventful times and yes I wouldn't be being honest if I didn't say some upsetting and grumpy times, but all in all I can honestly say I would not change a thing! Love you Hon!!!


#3Basket Block......3 1/2"...............Block #4 Basket Weave..3 1/2"
30's Fabric

#3 Basket Block.....4 1/2" #4 Basket Weave....4 1/2"
Scrappy fabric

These are all paperpieced Blocks and from the book "The Farmers Wife" by Laurie Heird, She is also planning on coming out with a new book and which is currently having pictures taken of her items that will be in the book.